5 days in Kuala Terengganu & Perhentian Islands Itinerary

5 days in Kuala Terengganu & Perhentian Islands Itinerary

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5 days in Kuala Terengganu & Perhentian Islands Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  2 h 45 min
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Kuala Terengganu
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Ferry:  5 h
2
Pulau Perhentian Kecil
— 1 night
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
Pulau Perhentian Besar
— 1 night
+2
Ferry + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu ©
Once a small fishing village, Kuala Terengganu is now a developing city where skyscrapers often stand shoulder to shoulder with traditional kampong-style houses.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kenyir Lake and Gemia Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Terengganu: Kuala Berang (Kuala Berang Memorial Inscription & Sekayu Waterfall). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Crystal Mosque, visit Kampung China (Chinatown), and take an in-depth tour of Terengganu State Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kuala Terengganu itinerary app .

Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: highs in Kuala Terengganu hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Kuala Terengganu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuala Berang, Terengganu State Museum, Gemia Island
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Kenyir Lake ©
Kenyir Lake
Crystal Mosque ©
Crystal Mosque
Masjid Sultan Zainal Abidin ©
Masjid Sultan Zainal Abidin

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Pulau Perhentian Kecil

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Perhentian Island Mosque, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll through Long Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pulau Perhentian Kecil trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Kuala Terengganu to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Pulau Perhentian Kecil are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Perhentian Island Mosque ©
Perhentian Island Mosque

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Pulau Perhentian Besar

Pulau Perhentian Besar ©
Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
On the 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Turtle Sanctuary Beach, then kick back and relax at Teluk Keke, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pulau Perhentian Besar day trip tool .

You can ride a ferry from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Pulau Perhentian Besar are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Turtle Sanctuary Beach ©
Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Teluk Keke ©
Teluk Keke

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